Melin's Die Cut-Punches Projects

These are projects I created using "traditional" dies such As Quickutz (Now Lifestyle Crafts), Spellbinders, Sizzix, Punches, Cuttlebug, etc.

One Sweet Girl For All Seasons
Created with ALL Sizzix and Sizzlits Die Cuts. 
Made top 25 for a National Sizzix contest YEARS AGO :-)

Spellbinders Baby
Created with all Spellbinders dies-Direct Post

Spellbinders Love Bug Treat Box
Created with all Spellbinders dies. Direct Post

Precious Scrapbook Layout
Created the flowers with Sizzix dies and punches. 
The "tear bear" was pieced by hand and her dress is ruffled lace and Bazzill Cardstock.
The Photo Corner Flourishes are a Cuttlebug Die

Thank You 

Dies Used
QK 4x4 Yellow Rose Die 
Texas State 2x2 Die
QK Border Dots Die
QK Circle Dies.

Martha Stewart and EK Success Punches

Psalm 16
Finished Card Size is 4.25" x 5.5"
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Glimmer Mist, Distress Stickles and Dark Brown Chalk Ink. 
Embossed background paper started out as plain white paper.

Finished Card Size is 4.25" x 5.5"
12x12 Border Flourish
2x2 Hear Die
Chain Goosebumps 2x2 Embossing Die

Sweet Berries
Finished Card Size is 4.25" x 5.5"
QK 2x2 Strawberries Die
EK Butterfly Punch
Sizzix Swirl Die
QK Font for "Sweet"
Corner Rounder

Owl Always Love You
Finished Card Size is 4.25" x 5.5"
Swirl 4x4 embossing plate
QK Nesting Circles
2x2 Owl Die
Font for "Owl" letters

Happy Birthday-Cake Die Cut 

Finished Card Size is 5.5" x 4.25" I made this card using the following Products
Sizzix Textured Plate
Sizzix Cake Die
Fiskars Border Punch
Red, Lime Green, White & Hot Pink cardstock
Patterned Paper
Diamond Stickles

Thinking of You
Finished Card Size is 4.25" x 5.5"
3" EK Scallop Circle Punch
Circle Punches
Smaller Scallop Circle Punch
QK Font for the letters "YOU"
QK 2x2 Heart Die
QK 2x2 Mini Tag Die

Swirl Textured Flowers
Finished Card Size is 5.5" x 4.25" QK 6pt. 2x2 Flower Die
QK Nesting Circles, QK Swirl Goosebumps Embossing plate

Will the REAL Rudolph Please Stand Up?

My version of the Infamous Rudolph Die
This is a 4x4 die from QuicKutz. Many crafters that I had come in to contact with thought he wasn't the "Cutest" guy on the block even though he had a red nose. So I decided to see what I could do to change their minds! So this is my take on him. Left to right: Original die photo, My version with a smaller nose.
Actually, it is one of the eye pieces, just inked in red. Last one is with the original nose. Plus on mine and the last one, I flipped the antlers to point out. I just thought it looked better. Oh and I also flipped the "Snout part" so he would have a "chin"
I think the REAL Rudolph is the one in the middle :-)

Quickutz: Poinsettia 2x2 Die
Jesus Word Art Sentiment

Christmas Bird
QK Christmas Tree Embossing Folder
Martha Stewart Border Punch

Happy Holidays

QK 2x2 Stocking Die Cut
Cuts Felt Like Butter!!!

Lamb of God
Large Snowflake: QK 2x2 Snowflake Die.
Smaller Flakes: EK Sucess Snowflake Punch

Joy To The World Tag
Finished Tag Size is 3" x 6"
QK 2x2 Poinsettia Die
Nestabilities Pendant Die
Circle Punches
Custom Word Art
Glimmer Mist
Cuttlebug Embossing folder
Gold Paint
Gold Liquid Pearls

Let It Snow

A2 QK Snowflake Embossing Folder
QK Let It Snow Embossing Folder
QK Flourish Die
Dew Drops

One Page Layout Treasured
Quickutz Flower Die set and Flourish Die. 
Lettering from Quickutz 4x8 die.

Christmas Layout

QK Flourish Border
QK Baroque Border
QK 2x2 Leaf Border
QK 4x4 Flourish Set

Christmas Joy

QuicKutz 4x4 Ornament Cookie Cutter Die
QuicKutz 4x4 Reindeer Head Die
QuicKutz 2x2 Holly Die
QuicKutz 2x2 Photo Corner Die
QuicKutz 4x8 Chandelier Alphabet Die
Small Circle Punch

Owl Always Love You Layout

Close up of one of the OwlsI used the following Products
QK Tree Border Die, 4x4 Owl Die
Teriyaki Alphabet, Dots Border Die

Moments Layout
QK Bnana Split 4x8 Alphabet, QK 4x4 Butterfly Die Set
QK Dots Border Die, EK Success XL Scallop Circle Punch
EK Success Corner Rounder

Sign For Store Silhouette Promotion
All Elements created and cut with the Silhouette SD.

Silly Faces Layout
I used the following Products for this layout 
4x4 Anime Monkey Die.  Title created with Silhouette.

Merry Christmas Vintage Santa

Close up of QK 4x4 Mailbox Die
QK 4x4 Mailbox Die
QK Merry Christmas Title Die 
QK Leafy Flourish Border Die

Trimming The Tree

QuicKutz Christmas Tree Border, 
Circles Border, QuicKutz Teriyaki Alphabets
Swirl 4x4 Embossing Plate


I used the following Products for this layout
QK 4x4 Monarch Butterfly Die, EK Success Swirl 2 Punch
Fiskars Border Punch, QK Nesting Ovals Die

Party Princess Class Layout

I used the following Products for this layout 
QK Large Wavy Border, Small Wavy Border (Balloon Strings)
Wand and Crown 4x4 Die, Lettering 4x8 Alpha from Jolly Gift Set
Cupcake and Bear from Silhouette, Balloons from Silhouette Library


I used the following Products for this layout 
QK 4x4 Monarch Butterfly Die
EK Success Swirl Punch
Scalloped Circle Punch (Flowers)
EK Retro Flower Punch ( Leaves
EK Tiny 5pt Hibiscus Punch (Flower Centers)
Fiskars Border Punch
EK Success Butterfly Punch
QK Nesting Ovals Die
Cricut Alphalicious Cartridge (MOM letters)

Blessed Card

Flower: Silhouette SD
Flower Center: QK 2x2 Bottle Cap Die using FELT
Diamond shapes: QK Diamond 2x2 die.
Closeup of the 3-D Flower

Flower started out plain white. I glimmer misted it and then used felt for the center to give it texture.

Christmas Greetings

Finished Card Size is 5.5" x 11" 
Made using the following products 
QK Frame Die 
Vintage Image


Paula Gale said...


I'm not sure how I got to your blog - I was just following various link after link, but I'm really glad I did because your projects are beautiful. You've added so much more detail to the otherwise plain diecuts, that you've made them come alive. Just the little touches like the white pen under the eyes and the other odd highlights here and there - also the inking makes so much difference.

RE the Rudolph die - I completely agree that the middle one looks the best. It's amazing how different you made it look from the original cut.

This page is just jam packed with inspiration. I can't believe all the dies you must own to bring all of this together. All that storage, not to mention expense. However - you've proved that by adding a little 'you' into the projects - that it's all worth it.

Thank you for sharing your projects.

Paula Gale, UK.

Melin said...

Paula, Thank you so much for your kind words. It really means a lot to me. I have been paper crafting for many years and my die collection is an accumulation over that time. Also, when I was a Quickutz Ambassador, I was very blessed to have received over $1,000 worth of their products. I can remember the years when you had to go to Michaels's just to buy one letter in the My it has all come a long way :-) I am so glad you found me and some inspiration too :-) Happy crafting!